Cancer care services in Derry, New Hampshire
The oncologists at Parkland Medical Center deliver advanced cancer care with an emphasis on all aspects of your health and well-being. Using the latest, most effective practices, we diagnose and treat most types of cancer.
For more information about our oncology services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (877) 642-2362.
Expert cancer care close to you
The expert cancer professionals with Lahey Oncology & Hematology at Parkland deliver advanced oncology care with an emphasis on all aspects of your health and well–being at our comfortable, welcoming and patient-centered locations at Derry's Overlook Medical Park building in Derry, NH and in the Parkland Medical Building at 31 Stiles Road in Salem, NH.
We provide a complete range of cancer care resources, including:
- A team of dedicated cancer experts: Our oncology program includes specialists from diverse disciplines. We'll also connect you with a dedicated oncology nurse navigator who will support you and your family members through a cancer diagnosis.
- A powerful communication network: Our Picture Archival Communication System gives doctors fast access to all your medical records, diagnostic images and test results from anywhere within our network.
- Access to cancer clinical trials: When you choose Parkland for your cancer care, you gain access to a broad range of cancer clinical trials.
- Cancer-fighting expertise: We're accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and recognized by the ACoS's Commission on Cancer for consistently surpassing state and national averages in cancer standards of care. Also, our laboratory pathologists are certified by the College of American Pathologists.
- Community connections and education: We regularly participate in community events and host health fairs, support groups, workshops and wellness programs.
- Coordinated and customized cancer care: We fully tailor treatment plans to your needs, beginning with screening and prevention education and continuing through diagnosis, treatment, follow-up appointments and survivorship programs.
- Lymphedema support and treatment: We can improve your cancer recovery through lymphedema treatment (swelling in the arms or legs).
- Collaborative care in New England: In addition to the benefits of our affiliation with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s nationally accredited Sofia Gordon Cancer Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, we collaborate with the skilled colleagues at our sister facility, Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
- Rehabilitation and recovery: We offer extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to facilitate your recovery from surgery and return to daily activities.
- Resources for people with a family history of cancer: If you have a family history of cancer, we provide introductory information and make referrals for genetic counseling and testing to help you understand and manage your risks.
Your cancer care team
Your oncology team features a diverse group of skilled medical professionals, including:
- Medical and surgical oncologists
- Interventional radiologists
- Oncology nurse navigators
- Gynecologists and gynecologic oncologists
- Internists and primary care physicians
- Plastic, reconstructive and general surgeons
- Genitourinary oncologists and urologists
- Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
- Clinical trials nurse/researcher
- Occupational therapists and other rehabilitation therapists
- Social workers, financial counselors and legal support
Oncology nurse navigators
Your oncology nurse navigator is your advocate, reinforcing and supporting the physician/patient relationship. Oncology nurse navigators help newly diagnosed cancer patients, current cancer patients and family members.
Your oncology nurse navigator will:
- Facilitate communication between all members of the healthcare team
- Provide education on disease processes, treatment options and clinical trial availability
- Help patients make informed decisions about their care
- Coordinate office visits across medical disciplines to streamline cancer care delivery
- Serve as a reliable and trusted source with answers to any questions
- Organize multidisciplinary team conferences to promote collaboration in cancer treatment
- Provide a personal touch to cancer care by visiting patients at appointments, assessing patients’ needs and relaying relevant information to providers
- Advocate for patients’ needs and link them with cancer support resources
To speak with a nurse navigator, contact our southern New Hampshire offices:
We offer the latest diagnostic technology to detect cancer in its earliest stages. If abnormalities are detected, we have all the resources necessary to provide further testing to determine an accurate diagnosis.
Our cancer screening services include:
- Breast cancer screening
- Lung cancer screening
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Prostate cancer screening
Schedule a screening today
Many of our diagnostic services don't require a physician's referral. To schedule a mammogram, colonoscopy, prostate exam, skin cancer screening or lung cancer screening, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (877) 642-2362.
Cancers we treat
Before treatment, you’ll receive a chemotherapy education book personalized for your specific condition. Teams of doctors will hold bi-weekly conferences to review the details of your situation, offer multiple opinions, map out your treatment plan and monitor your progress.
We treat virtually all cancers in adults, including:
- Blood-related cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, etc.)
- Brain and other neurological cancers
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Kidney cancer
- Lung and thoracic cancers
- Pancreatic/liver/gallbladder cancer
- Prostate and genitourinary cancers
- Skin cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Urologic cancer
Cancer treatment options
For most patients, cancer treatment involves surgery and/or chemotherapy and biotherapy. We can also recommend preventive surgeries to keep cancers from growing. Other procedures, such as biopsies, can be used to diagnose cancer, ease pain, relieve side effects, support related procedures—such as inserting a chemotherapy port—or reconstruct damaged tissue.
Surgery is the most common cancer treatment. We leverage our extensive experience and advanced, minimally invasive technologies to reduce scarring and blood loss during surgery and speed your recovery.
Your surgical cancer treatment may include:
- Reconstructive surgery and alternatives to total mastectomy
- Neurosurgery at Portsmouth
- Minimally invasive interventional radiology procedures, such as:
- Radioembolization (injecting radio particles into a tumor)
- Chemoembolization (injecting chemotherapy into a tumor)
- High-heat microwave ablation (using microwaves to eliminate cancer cells)
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA; using high-frequency electrical currents to eliminate cancer cells)
- RFA-assisted resection (combines RFA with tissue or partial organ removal)
- Extreme-cold-based cryoablation techniques (using extreme cold to eliminate cancer cells)
Chemotherapy and biotherapy
Chemotherapy and biotherapy use powerful medications to treat cancer by destroying cells or stopping them from growing. We deliver these medications in several ways, including:
- Intravenous (putting medicine directly into a vein)
- Oral (liquids or pills taken by mouth)
- Intramuscular (injections into a muscle)
- Intrathecal (injections into the spinal fluid)
- Subcutaneous (injections under the skin)
- Intra-arterial (medication inserted directly into an artery)
- Intraperitoneal (medication directly delivered to the abdominal cavity)
- Infusion therapy (medication delivered through a catheter)
Radiation therapy uses beams of energy to destroy cancer cells. We may recommend radiation therapy with other forms of cancer treatment, such as surgery.
Combined cancer treatments
We often combine surgery and chemotherapy with the following therapies to eliminate cancer cells:
- Immunotherapy (provides medication to stimulate the immune system)
- Adjuvant therapy (combines chemotherapy with surgery or radiation therapy)
- Neoadjuvant therapy (used before surgery to reduce the size of a tumor and improve outcomes)